The month of January for the Columbus Blue Jackets (25-20-4) cannot be called anything but amazing. Last night, the team pulled off an amazing 5-3 win over the LA Kings (29-16-6). That win was the 7th straight for the team that struggled early in the season. The victory also marked a new franchise record for consecutive wins.
As the team approaches the franchises 1,000th game, this Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers (25-19-3) it is important to recognize the areas in which the team has recently excelled. First and foremost, the team’s offense has been impressive. Players such as Ryan Johansen and RJ Umberger have played outstandingly recently. Johansen in particular has scored seventeen points in his last fifteen home games. He has also scored three goals in the teams last five and can be counted on to make strong plays when the team needs it.
The team’s success can also be attributed to their aggressive play throughout the entire game. Boone Jenner registered nine hits in last night’s game alone. When the team is able to play aggressive through all three periods they have seen success.
I believe that no one can capture the reasons behind the wins better than Nathan Horton did during his post-game interview last night. When asked about the team’s recent success, his response was, “it’s fun to be playing with the guys like this, [we’re] guys that care about each other. That’s the whole reason we’ve been winning; because we’re a team and we’ve been playing for each other.” As any Blue Jackets fan has realized, the team has been feeding off of each other and that energy has led to some amazing plays. It is hard to be anything but excited about their future.
So what can we expect tomorrow night during the 1,000th game? According to RJ Umberger, “we’ve got a lot more in us.” It’s been a fun ride so far, and we can only hope the journey is just beginning.
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